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At the Movies: November 24

November 21, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s what’s hitting theaters this holiday weekend.

Coco

Despite his family's generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Hector, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history. Starring the voices of Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Reneé Victor, Edward James Olmos, Ana Ofelia Murguía, and Anthony Gonzalez.

Rated PG. Animated/Fantasy. Directed by Lee Unkrich. 1h 49m.

What the Critics Say:

“Colorful, beautifully animated, and culturally sensitive, ‘Coco’ is an affecting, multilayered coming-of-age drama.” – Common Sense Media

“‘Coco’ is a heartwarming story about family and a well-crafted coming of age tale steeped beautifully in the traditions of Mexico's Día de los Muertos.” – Screen Rant

“One of the pleasures of a new Pixar feature is the chance to be amazed by what animation can do... ‘Coco’ is also one of those Pixar movies that attempt a conceptual breakthrough, an application of the bright colors and open emotionalism of modern, mainstream animation to an unlikely zone of experience... There are moments of cinematic rigor — when the animators mimic the movements and focal effects of an old-fashioned camera in actual physical space — that will warm any film-geek’s heart. Not to mention the Frida Kahlo-inspired musical number with dancing papaya seeds.” – The New York Times

Our Take: Disney/Pixar knocks it out of the park once again! “Coco” will steal your heart and keep you smiling long after you leave the theater. This flick is the perfect holiday weekend activity for the whole family. Plus, there’s also an exciting new Christmas-themed “Frozen” short that plays before “Coco” starts!